There has not been many families, churches, communities, or individuals in the City of Toledo whose lives were not touched by the love and service of one Sheryl Anderson (Green) Riggs of the Dale-Riggs Funeral Home on Nebraska and City Park Avenues in the Central city.
December 24, 2019 came as a shock to many who had no idea of the illness that Mrs. Riggs was experiencing, other than to notice that she was absent during the loss of several family members that had utilized the services at the Funeral Home.
To some she was identified as a just a gentle, classy, great lady who served this community many years, with an extensive background in serving people for many years even before she moved to the City of Toledo from Detroit, Mi. She was a lifelong Episcopalian member at St.
Matthew and St. Joseph churches in Detroit, Mi. She matriculated in many areas of the church and became a member at All Saints Episcopal Church in Toledo.
Because she had a mind to serve, she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and worked for years as a Social Worker for Wayne County Department of Social Services and Oakland County Department of Social Services, served as a Consultant for two Nursing Homes in the Detroit area, as well as The Episcopal Senior Center in Detroit.
Mrs. Riggs has always displayed a genuine desire to serve the poor and those in need of special services, which encouraged her to enroll in Mortuary Science at Wayne State University in Detroit, Mi., where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree. She worked in the areas of grief and bereavement where she was encouraged to bring her services to the Toledo community.
After being the first to establish an aftercare program at the Funeral Home, she became the Owner and Operator of Riggs Funeral Home in Detroit, Mi. and moved to Toledo becoming the Manager and Managing Director of Dale-Riggs Funeral Home in 1992. Because she was determined to provide exemplary services to the families in the Toledo area, she arranged and directed all aspects of the business until becoming ill.
Toledoeans gathered at the Warren A.M.E. church on Saturday, December 28 th to say their final goodbyes to Mrs. Riggs, a friend, Mentor, Role Model, and Servant as described by many who were in attendance. The service was a celebration of her life with musical selections by the Toledo Interfaith Mass Choir, Bro. Gregory Meredith, who sang her favorite song, and Rev. Johnny Love, who stated that because he was her personal Musician, he never took a vacation, meaning that when she called he responded. Churches were represented by their Pastors who actively participated, i.e. Rev. Willie Perryman, Rev. Robert Lyons, Pastor Gerald Fletcher, Pastor Floyd Smith, Pastor Charles Jones, Pastor Cedric Brock, Pastor Charles McBee, Dr. John E. Roberts, and Nathaniel Williams from the Dale Riggs Family. Bro. Larry Jones provided the Acknowledgements and Obituary, and Dr. Otis Gordon of Warren A.M.E. Church gave the Eulogy. Many Pastors and Officials of several churches were in attendance to pay homage to this great servant. Dr. Gordon brought humor to knowing her, as he spoke about the Classic automobile that he got the opportunity to drive at a service that was owned by Mrs. Riggs. Others shared their thoughts about her stating that she was meek but not weak, an angel of the Lord.
Mrs. Riggs was truly committed to community. She maintained active memberships with Delta Sigma Theta sorority, Inc., Links, Girlfriends, Top Ladies of Distinction, Northwest Ohio Funeral Directors Association where she served as past President, Ohio Funeral Directors Association, and National Funeral Directors Association. Additionally, she was credentialed by Certified Funeral Service Professionals (CFSP), and Certified Preplanning (CP).
Mrs. Riggs was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents. However, she leaves to mourn her passing a loving son, Gregory Allen Riggs, Jr., Bloomfield, Mi., cousins, Renee Ozburn, Williamston, Mi., Collette Floyd, Pasadena, Ca.; an aunt, Bettina Chapman, Southfield, Mi., several Godchildren, her Staff at Dale-Riggs Funeral Home, and the Toledo community who loved her passionately for her love and service that she provided untiringly to all who she came in contact with. She will be sorely missed by all who knew her. We celebrate the Life of Mrs. Sheryl Anderson (Green) Riggs